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2008 - 2009 Productions

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Well

By Lisa Kron

In Well, Kron creates a complex exploration of our assumptions about whether or not we are responsible for our own illnesses. She draws on stories of her family's history of chronic illness, her own stay in an "environmental ecology clinic," and her subsequent transition to health. Woven into this are stories of her childhood in a racially integrated neighborhood which was "healed" from decline by her mother's community work. Kron places herself on stage with the character of her mother along with a chorus of four actors. These characters continually undermine Kron's plans for the play - a meta-theatrical conceit that has proven exceedingly delightful to audiences as it subverts the autobiographical form by removing the narrator's assumption of omniscience and forcing her to react as her intentions are derailed and her motives are questioned.

 

 

 

 

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Coram Boy

by Helen Edmundson with music composed by Adrian Sutton, based on the 2000 children's novel of the same name by Jamila Gavin

The action takes place in 18th century. The benevolent Thomas Coram has recently opened a Foundling Hospital in London called the "Coram Hospital for Deserted Children". Unscrupulous men, known as "Coram men", take advantage of the situation by promising desperate mothers to take their unwanted children to the hospital for a fee. The story follows a range of characters, focusing on two orphans: Toby, saved from an African slave ship; and Aaron, the deserted son of the heir to an estate, as their lives become closely involved with this true and tragic episode of British social history.

       

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Book of Tink

By Erik Ehn

This dramatic and musical text is a phantasmagorical re-imagining of the Peter Pan story. When the very fabric of Everland is threatened by a manipulative and controlling Wendy, a band of fairies—led by Tinkerbell and aided by Captain Hook and a chorus of Mermaid Prostitutes—mount a defense. Nana, the Darling Children, and the Lost Boys take on new lives in this highly poetic, visceral, and visually stunning exploration of “the savagery of innocence” and the necessity of the imagination.

       

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A Dream Play

By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Paul Schmidt

Anton Chekhov is undeniably unique and the four masterpieces he composed during his brief life have inspired the course of contemporary theatre for more than a century. His plays are beautiful ones, comedies he called them, but poignant, full of love and yearning, orchestrated by subtle recurring themes that weave through their four act structure.

Birch trees are almost their signature. And they are large cast plays of a dozen actors. But ideally with no “stars.” Each is part of an ensemble and has a fully developed off-stage life—one full of memories, dreams, hope and fears And each too, no matter the size of his role has a “moment,” a time in which one can identify with the angst of the buried life.

       

 

Awards & Accomplishments

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) 2010 Awards including:

5 Meritorious Achievement Awards

  • Meritorious Award in Acting Ensemble: A Dream Play
  • Meritorious Award in Directing: Book of Tink - Zach Kloppenborg
  • Meritorious Award in Scenic Design: Book of Tink - Josh Rajaee

Irene Ryan Acting Competition

The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies.

  • Becky Marsh and her partner, Joe Anderson, made it to the Final Round [top 16 out of 280 actors ... a first for Doane College]

Students below were all nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship based on their performances.

  • Adrianna Choquette (Book of Tink & A Dream Play),
  • Tyler Maskell (Book of Tink)
  • Mike Ulmer (A Dream Play)

Design Awards

  • 1st Place in National Sound Design Awards for Book of Tink - Chet Miller

Directing Awards

  • Zach Kloppenborg was selected for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) National Fellowship Scene Audition
  • Chris Owens was selected for Directing a Concert Reading of a National Playwriting Program (NPP)